Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mistakes costly for Jayhawks in 37-21 loss to Ohio

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) is stopped in the end zone by Ohio linebacker Austin Clack (36) for a safety during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner (22) is stopped in the end zone by Ohio linebacker Austin Clack (36) for a safety during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


Searching for its first winning streak since the start of the 2011 season, too many mistakes cost the Kansas football team in a 37-21 loss against Ohio on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

It was a dismal first half for the Jayhawks, who only had 21 yards of offense in the first two quarters, struggling to find any rhythm with their run or pass game.

Then there was up-and-down day from LaQuvionte Gonzalez, who recorded a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown in the second quarter but lost two fumbles on punt returns.

Eventually, the Jayhawks (1-1) displayed some of the promise they showed in last week’s victory against Rhode Island. On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Montell Cozart found Steven Sims Jr. streaking past the secondary for a 74-yard touchdown pass.

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David Beaty talks about KU's 37-21 loss to Ohio

After a 37-21 loss against Ohio, Kansas coach David Beaty discusses what troubled the offense, the difficulties of the defense staying on the field and why he stuck with Montell Cozart in his post-game press conference.

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Following a field goal from Ohio kicker Louie Zervos — after Gonzalez’s second muffed punt — Cozart marched down the field on a five-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Sims, who caught the ball with a cornerback draped around him.

The Jayhawks appeared to have momentum near the end of the third quarter, trailing 31-21, when senior safety Fish Smithson intercepted a pass in the end zone. But KU’s offense stalled and punter Cole Moos dropped the snap on his punt and barely made contact as he was hit by multiple defenders.

With a short field following the misplayed punt, the Bobcats (1-1) added another field goal from Zervos for a 34-21 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, the Jayhawks punted from midfield and Ohio drained more than 10 minutes off of the clock with a 18-play, 81-yard drive, ending with a 22-yard field goal by Zervos.

Ohio had a 25-0 lead midway through the second quarter with strong runs against KU’s defense and smart plays by dual-threat quarterback Greg Windham, who finished with 146 rushing yards (9.1 yards per attempt), 167 passing yards and two touchdowns.

The Jayhawks only had 26 rushing yards on 15 attempts. Cozart was 17-of-24 with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns, but left the game in the fourth quarter when he was hit near his team's sideling trying to run for a first down. Cozart, who split time at QB with Ryan Willis last week, played every series but one before he exited.

Sims had four catches for 114 yards and Gonzalez had five catches for 45 yards.

On defense, Bazie Bates led with 11 tackles while Marcquis Roberts and Joe Dineen both had 10.

Scoring summary

1st Quarter

12:23 — Papi White 11 run, Kick failed. 6-0, Ohio.

8:22 – Safety. 8-0, Ohio.

3:50 – Mason Morgan 4 pass from Greg Windham, Louie Zervos kick. 15-0, Ohio.

2nd Quarter

14:48 – Windham 23 run, Zervos kick. 22-0, Ohio

6:32 – Louie Zervos 26 field goal. 25-0, Ohio.

6:17 – LaQuvionte Gonzalez 99 kickoff return, Matthew Wyman kick. 25-7, Ohio.

2:52 – Zervos 22 field goal. 28-7, Ohio.

3rd Quarter

14:40 – Steven Sims Jr. 74 pass from Montell Cozart, Wyman kick. 28-14, Ohio.

12:52 – Zervos 25 field goal. 31-14, Ohio.

10:59 – Sims Jr. 22 pass from Cozart, Wyman kick. 31-21, Ohio.

:02 – Zervos 46 field goal. 34-21, Ohio.

4th Quarter

3:24 – Zervos 22 field goal. 37-21, Ohio.

The Jayhawks only posted 20 rushing yards on 12 attempts.

—Check back on for more coverage of KU football’s loss against Ohio


Michael Lorraine 5 years, 11 months ago

First half was a train wreck. At least they were able to make it respectable.

Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 11 months ago

Disappointing loss. If it wasn't for the complete train wreck of the special teams we could have won this one.

I think we'll pull one upset in Big 12 play and finish the season 2-10...which is an improvement but still unacceptable.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 11 months ago

The only Big 12 opponent we're capable of beating is Iowa State.

David Kelley-Wood 5 years, 11 months ago

Sigh. Fumble and bumble-related expletives deleted. Sigh. RCJHKU.

Eric Bur 5 years, 11 months ago

This seemed to be the equivalent of our basketball team going ahead big early and then coasting to a win. Sure the defense held Ohio to field goals on several occasions in the 2nd half, but it was the same defense that gave up 359 yards in the first half.

Unfortunately, going 0-10 on 3rd and 4th down and rushing for all of 26 yards has little to do with special teams. Neither does Ohio picking up 18 first downs in the first half versus our one (which came by penalty). Their line play dominated ours on both sides of the ball when it mattered.

It was nice to see a decent-sized crowd and you couldn't ask for a better day. RCJH

Chuck Woodling 5 years, 11 months ago

Beautiful day lures only 28,487 to watch embarrassing KU performance.

Ryan Woods 5 years, 11 months ago

Coaching was atrocious. It took 246 Ohio rushing yards in the middle of the 2nd qtr before a "3-4" adjustment was made. 21 total offensive yards in the first half. Of all first half passes 90% were screens. A 4th a 3 screen play which started with 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage. On KU's goal line and they ran two shotgun runs up the middle with the speed half back. More wasted time outs. Ohio's biggest weakness was their Dbs but KU doesn't challenge it until the 3rd qtr. 34 total offensive plays. Don't blame this on the players.

Duane S Boor 5 years, 11 months ago

"Don't blame this on the players." This part I have to disagree with you. The players have to catch the ball, players have to make good hikes on the ball. Players have to do the small things first before big things can happen. I did not see this today, especially on special teams.

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 11 months ago

Coaching was bad bad bad bad bad that I couldn't make heads or tails of the play calling in the first half. We have two of the fastest guys on the field in Sims and Gonzalez and we're throwing screen passes that take 5 minutes to set up with one blocker on the edge trying to help block we did that Time After Time After Time. On 3rd and 8 receivers run 6 Yards to catch the ball shaking my head. Have they not been coached to at least run to the first down marker. The coaching put them in 3rd and long to begin with failed pass first down try to run on 2n down too predicable Offensive coaching in the first half was so atrocious I couldn't believe it

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 11 months ago

Seems like Beaty is just as clueless on offense as Likens. What happened to the up tempo style offense?

Gerry Butler 5 years, 11 months ago

SO - - 2 games into the season & out come all the famous closets coaches with their expertise knowledge of the game of football, - - that's just awesome, great - - give your self a huge pat on the back feed that ego. Granted was this a disappointment? - -ummm ya but did you think that just because we beat up on power house Rhode Island that we automatically became legit again? - -If you did PLEASE raise your hand and let me know where I can buy some of that stuff your smoking I could sure use some. I know I have an idea - - -let's fire coach - - AGAIN right? - -hell ya there is an idea that for sure will fix the problem. Some STILL forget just what pathetic shape Gill, & Weiss left this program in -- all Weiss was interested in was collecting a paycheck to go with his other BS from Norte Dame. Let's not remember that, let's just fire Beaty and then we can find some other Smoo to put in his appearance for another 2 yrs and then FIRE him too. - -talk about consistency, you want consistency - - improvement, well we have consistency all right - -consistency in just keep firing the Coach, how the hell can you expect these kids to ever improve if we keep turning Coaches over every two years instead of giving them the time they need, when we are as bad as we are? You have to know how to crawl before you walk.But ya two games in and yep time to fire the Coach again, you'll never ever get any kind of talented player in here period if they don't know who or HOW MANY Coaches they gonna have while their here, some people are a joke. Real Fans stick with their team - -their coaches thru good and bad - -we don't need anymore fickle closet bandwagon fans . Trot your self right on down the road to the little kitties jump on their bandwagon, and when Snyder retires and they fall to pieces again don't come running back here. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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